I just saved a shit ton of Quebec Nordiques and Hartford Whalers stuff to my wishlist on the NHL store website because I’m obsessed with vintage hockey apparel

"I had the trainer get me a hot dog," John Garrett said. "Nobody saw you, the only person who knew was the trainer. The best hot dogs in the league, by the way, were at Le Colisee. Toasted buns and everything. So I’m eating one and Dan Bouchard was the (starting) goalie. So he’s playing and the game is going OK, so I figured I’m not going in this one. Some nights, when the other team scores three quick ones, you had a hint you might be going in so you get rid of the dog. But he lets in one goal and he’s (ticked) off at whoever’s on the ice at the time and he just charged off the ice.

"Well, I’m sitting there and I’ve go the hot dog tucked in my pad. So I’ve got to go in and I stand up and put my mask on. I can’t reach down and dig the dog out of my pads, people are looking at me. So I go out there and finish the game. I had to fall down a couple of times and mustard and ketchup was flying. I had to tighten the straps on my pads so the dog doesn’t come out. The trainer’s just killing himself (with laughter)."

—Montreal Gazette, 2008


a little hockey history: the good friday massacre

The Good Friday Massacre (in French: la bataille du Vendredi saint), was a second-round playoff match-up during the 1984 NHL Playoffs on April 20, between the Quebec Nordiques and the Montreal Canadiens. The two teams already shared a well-known rivalry (nicknamed The Battle of Quebec) but the fighting started as the second period was ending, after an incident between the Nordiques’ Dale Hunter and the Canadiens’ Guy Carbonneau, who was “pinned to the ice” by Hunter. The start of the third period was delayed because it took so long for referee Bruce Hood to tally up the penalties. Ultimately, 12 players were ejected and some 252 penalty minutes were handed out. Many describe this game has more than a just violent brawl but also a real on ice battle between the English and the French.

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The Good Friday Massacre (le bataille du Vendredi saint) was Game 7 of the 1984 Adams Division Final between provincial rivals Nordiques and Habs.

After the fights at the end of the second, several players were ejected. The problem was that referee Bruce Hood was late announcing penalties, so players took to the ice unaware they’d been ejected, and things heated up again.

1985 was the last time 3 brothers donned the same uniform on the same ice surface. Anton, Marian, and Peter Stastny for the Quebec Nordiques.

Tonight, April 25, 2013, the Carolina Hurricanes will etch their names in to the history books as Eric, Jordan, and Jared Staal suit up together at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

28 years after the Stastny’s.

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A short film on some of the 1972-73 Quebec Nordiques.